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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-24-17

The Path of the Seeker

A pleasant surprise, to enjoy the rebellious and insightful spiritual searchings and life path of Henry Miller after having visited the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur, this was especially enjoyable.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-09-15


A thorough report on the development, effects, research and use of psychedelic substances for healing. Thought provoking with surprise detailed accounts of MDMA subjects, providing incites and hope for effective treatment of PTSD and other serious mental depression illnesses.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-01-15

Philosophy In The Desert

What did you love best about Journey to Ixtlan?

One of the best in the Don Juan/Carlos Castaneda series, in my opinion. Castaneda reviews the non-hallucinogenic plant events during his meetings with Don Juan in various Mexican locations. Don Juan lays out many advanced philosophical concepts and techniques relating to paths followed by seekers of enlightenment. Prepare to have your world views destroyed and expanded.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed the reader's characterizations of Carlos and Don Juan. Carlos as an inquisitive student and Don Juan as a commanding mentor. His style is entertaining, without over doing anything. I truly hope that he will produce an audiobook of the fourth Castaneda book in the series, "Tales of Power."

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-13-15

10 Stars!!!

What made the experience of listening to Tune In the most enjoyable?

Excellent organization, writing and reading performance of the subject matter. There is so much to enjoy about this book and the reading of it. Clive Mantle adopts at least 2 dozen character voices when reading quoted passages, and adds verve and feeling when appropriate. Mark Lewisohn has written with the utmost respect for the material, which is nothing less than the history and evolution of rock music from its various roots. Plus, he paints wonderful pictures of Liverpool, its language, expressions, idioms, manners of speech and lifestyle. Details about The Beatles early groundbreaking tours to Hamburg are fascinating, as well as the many peripheral characters connected to the lives of the Fab Four. Looking forward to reading and listening to Volumes 2 and 3, which I imagine are staggering tasks of writing, judging from the research done on Volume 1.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-21-14

Battle of Big Self and Little Self

What made the experience of listening to Big Sur the most enjoyable?

As with Dharma Bums, Tom Parker's reading performance of Kerouac's later work in Big Sur enlivens and adds great nuance and animation to the material. I've found this one to be a surprising unknown gem, with Kerouac revisiting old pals, wrestling with celebrity and alcohol and his own monkey mind. It's wonderfully human and frustrating to read of Jack gradually abandoning the hard to attain dharma principles, and drinking himself to death.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Big Sur?

There's the uncomfortable hot tub gathering in Big Sur, and his stay with Willamine "Billie" at her apartment in SF.

Which scene was your favorite?

I dig the ups and downs of the whole darn thing, man.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-08-14

Musician and his Demons

If you could sum up Miles in three words, what would they be?

Honest, Intense, Uncompromising

What other book might you compare Miles to and why?

Huckleberry Finn came to mind while listening to the story of Miles Davis. "Miles: The Autobiography" is far more relevant and real than the romantic Americana tale by Mark Twain. Tales of coming of age with racism and racial profiling, spoken in the language of a black man, is far more powerful and striking than the white country boy anecdotes of fictional Huck Finn. Huck Finn is a gentle summer rain and Miles is a thundering downpour.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Miles first arrives in NYC after leaving East St. Louis at age 18 is pretty amazing stuff.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Miles' struggle and descent into the depths of heroin addiction and his eventual recovery is quite a frightening ride.

Any additional comments?

Tales of playing music with jazz greats like Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Charles Mingus, Thelonius Monk and Billy Eckstine filled in a number of gaps in my knowledge of Miles and these musicians as well. Some funny road stories too. This is one of my favorite audiobooks so far!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-18-13

No Slouch This Dharma Bum

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

A reminder of the excellent detail interwoven with contemplation by the Great Rememberer. Great to hear this having first read the follow up much earlier, Desolation Angels.

What other book might you compare The Dharma Bums to and why?

Desolation Angels apparently is sequentially after Dharma Bums, and the Zen themes run through out both.

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